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Riding a Donkey Backwards Wise and Foolish Tales of the Mulla Nasruddin

Written by Sean Taylor, Khayaal Theatre

Illustrated by Shirin Adl

Key Stage 2

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UKLA Longlist Book Awards - 2019

21 wonderful retellings of classic Muslim folktales featuring the character of Mulla Nasruddin with superb and humorous collage style illustrations.

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Riding a Donkey Backwards Wise and Foolish Tales of the Mulla Nasruddin Synopsis

Why does Mulla Nasruddin spoon yoghurt into the river? What is the reason he rides his donkey backwards? Why does he paint a picture that is blank? And is he crazy to move into the house of the man who's just burgled him? Find out all about the amazing antics of Nasruddin in these twenty-one hilarious stories and riddles, famous throughout the Middle East for their jokes, riddles and wisdom.

Riding a Donkey Backwards Wise and Foolish Tales of the Mulla Nasruddin Press Reviews

They're just right for classroom use across a wide age range as well as great to share as a family. The tellings are enormous fun and Shirin Adl's humorous collage illustrations an absolute delight; don't miss the splendid Islamic tessellation style endpapers. - Red Reading Hub

Jokes, riddles and wisdom in a riotous collection of classic tales starring a popular character from the Islamic world. Khayall Theatre is an award-winning company dedicated to the exploration of Muslim literature for stage, radio and screen. - The Bookseller

Full of brilliant humour and amazing papercut illustrations, it's a real treat! - Read It, Daddy

Sumptuous...It's a collection of 21 tales and riddles about a trickster known across Muslim culture. The text feels modern, but the illustrations feel traditional. They are bright and welcoming, playful and intelligent. - Minerva Reads

Muslim culture is portrayed in its richness without the text feeling like a cultural studies project, and the sheer warmth and playfulness of each little vignette gives an insight into the common ground in all cultures that humour breaks. Children and adults will find themselves laughing out loud at the Mulla's antics. Highly recommended. - INIS

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910959305
Publication date: 5th April 2018
Author: Sean Taylor, Khayaal Theatre
Illustrator: Shirin Adl
Publisher: Otter-Barry Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Year Groups: Key Stage 2

About Sean Taylor, Khayaal Theatre

Sean Taylor is a children's author, storyteller and teacher with experience of creative writing teaching in three continents. Two of his books have been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize: Purple Class and the Half-Eaten Sweater and Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All (with Hannah Shaw). Sean Taylor lives in Bristol. Khayaal is a multi-award-winning theatre and drama education company dedicated to the exploration of Muslim world literature and the experience of Muslims in the modern world for the stage, radio and screen. Shirin Adl was born in the UK but was brought up in Iran. Her many ...

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